Christine Hunter is the mother of Alison Hunter, a teen who died following complications from a severe case of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). In her honor, Ms. Hunter chaired the Australia’s Alison Hunter Foundation established in 1998 to foster research for ME until it merged in 2014 with the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (N.C.N.E.D.) at Griffith University, Queensland.
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- 2004, IACFS/ME Special Service Award - for outstanding personal effort and contribution to the CFS/ME community (She shared the award with Judy Basso)
Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]
- 2002, Address to Federal Government Policy Committee of Health and Aging, Parliament House, Canberra, Australia
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myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.